This is an archived release.
One in four are cohabiting
The proportion of cohabitants makes up 25 per cent of all those in a live-in relationship, as has been the case in recent years. Cohabitation is still most widespread among young persons. Among everyone, in a relationship or not, the proportion of cohabitants was 17 per cent.
In the period 1993-95, 20 per cent of those living in a relationship were cohabitants. This proportion rose steadily until 2002-04, and has thereafter been 25 per cent. The term “in a live-in relationship” refers to a person who was cohabiting or married at the time of the interview. In total, 32 per cent of the respondents answered they do not live in a relationship, which is a small increase since 2009.
Gender differences vary with age
Among all the respondents aged 20-34 years, more women than men are cohabiting; 38 per cent women and 27 per cent men. In the age groups between 35 and 44 it is the opposite, with 22 and 26 per cent respectively. In the oldest age groups there are small differences.
The increase in cohabiting has stopped in the youngest age groups, and now there is only a small increase among the eldest, especially among the middle-aged.
According to interview data, the total number of cohabitants is estimated at about 300 000 couples. This is a higher estimate than figures based on registers, where it is 530 000 cohabitants. Stricter requirements with regard to legal residence address imply that cohabitants must have the same residence address in order to be classified as cohabitants in the register-based statistics, as opposed to interview surveys.
The statistics are based on the Travel survey with 8 000 respondents. In 2010, 4 400 persons answered. Whether a person is defined as a cohabitant or not depends on what answer the person gives to this question. Experience shows that statistics based on registers and legal residence address result in fewer cohabiting couples than statistics from surveys based on interviews and place of usual residence.